I took a beach walk late yesterday afternoon.
It was a gorgeous start to the weekend. The sky was cloudless; the temperature and breeze, perfect.
But something was missing: maybe half the South Beach picnic tables.
How could that be? They’re very, very heavy. Where would they go, and why?
I tried to think of any event that would take precedence.
Nope. So I gave up, and figured it was just my imagination.
Before I finished my walk though, 3 groups of people stopped me. All wondered: What happened to the South Beach tables?
I have no idea. The Parks & Rec office is closed for the weekend, so they can’t help.
We’ll just have to crowdsource this. If you know what happened to all those picnic tables, click “Comments” below.
And if you took them: Bring them back. No questions asked.
Election Day is near!
Republican Primary and Democratic Primary scheduled for Tuesday, August 9.
Polls are open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Click here to find your polling place.
Absentee ballot applications are available through the Town Clerk’s office. The drop box at the rear of Town Hall is ready to receive applications and absentee ballots. Click here for information on absentee ballots.
Connecticut has a closed primary system. Only enrolled Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary, and only enrolled Republicans may vote in the Republican primary. The deadline for changing parties has already passed.
However, an unaffiliated voter may select a party up to noon the day before the primary, changing to one of the major parties. Click here to verify your party status.
If you are not yet a registered voter, applications must be postmarked by August 4. In-person registration is available until noon on August 8.
Looking for a cool movie next week?
The Remarkable Theater schedule includes these shows, at the Imperial Avenue drive-in:
“Dirty Dancing” (Monday, July 18; gate opens 7:15 p.m., movie at 8:15 p.m.): Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Rated PG-13.
“Scream” (Wednesday, July 20; gate opens at 7:30 p.m.; movie at 8:30 p.m.): A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. Rated R.
Click here for tickets and more information.
Not far from the Remarkable Theater, just steps from downtown, Baron’s South is a 22-acre jewel.
But, Molly Alger says, the park needs some maintenance. Walking paths are overgrown with weeds. She took this photo on her way from the Senior Center to Compo Road South:
Next Saturday, there’s a double treat for fans of Staples Players alumni.
2013 graduate Michelle Pauker returns to Westport for a star turn in “Broadway Through the Ages.” The MoCA show (July 23, 7 p.m., 19 Newtown Turnpike) is an evening of memorable tunes, from Golden Age to contemporary.
Music direction is by acclaimed Juilliard & Oxford Academy composer Jake Landau — a 2013 classmate of Michelle’s.
Entry to the museum’s “Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse” exhibit is included in the admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Speaking of former Staples Players: Congratulations to Britt Hennemuth!
The 2008 Staples High School and 2012 Pepperdine University graduate is now the West Coast editor for Vanity Fair.
He’s just published his first cover story: “Dakota Johnson on Family, Sexual Agency—And the ‘Psychotic’ Making of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Click here to read — including one of the best opening lines in any magazine story, anywhere. (Hat tip: Jeff Wieser)
CORRECTION: An incorrect date was given yesterday for the Westport Astronomical Society’s “Cal & Friends Meteorite Show & Tell Party.” The correct date is this coming Tuesday (July 19, 8 p.m.), at the observatory on Bayberry Lane.
Staples High School Class of 2006 graduate Joanne Smith died last Sunday.
The Chicago native moved to Brazil for 8 months after graduation, before beginning work in the hospitality industry. She had a passion for fitness, nutrition and exercise, and enjoyed being outdoors.
She was an animal lover, an avid reader (particularly Harry Potter), and a movie buff. She particularly enjoyed the beach and dog, Romie.
She is survived by her mother, Katherine Gordon Smith of Stratford; father Gregory and stepmother Donna of Fairfield; brother Matthew of Norwalk; sister Jennifer (Rodolfo Antorocha) of Washington, DC, and maternal grandmother Sally Grabot.
Her family says, “Joey was a fun, kind, loving, intelligent light in the family and to all who knew her. She took on the annual role of Christmas Elf to hand out presents.Joey was well loved by family, friends and co-workers.”
The family will greet relatives and friends on Monday (July 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial (12:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA. To leave online condolences, click here.
Does the rule about dogs on the beach apply to the jetty that forms Compo’s border?
Who cares. This is a classic “Westport … Naturally” photo. Enjoy!
And finally … you may or may not have seen “Dirty Dancing” (the next Remarkable Theater film — story above).
But in 1987, there was no escaping this song:
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